Brin Can’t Get Some Senate Meetings On Last-Minute DC Trip; Admits Needing Better Organization

It wasn’t only China that Google cofounder Sergey Brin
was talking about
in Washington DC yesterday. The purpose of his trip primarily was to lobby for
net neutrality, to prevent phone companies for charging web sites for better
access to them by web surfers. However,

Google Is A Tourist In D.C., Brin Finds
from the Washington Post covers how
being super-powerful in search doesn’t equal getting congressional members to
drop everything for your visit.

Several meetings Brin wanted to have with US senators couldn’t happen at the
last minute, leaving him to admit the visit “wasn’t very well organized.”

Those senators, by the way, have now had their official sites banned on
Google. And when they complain, they’ll find themselves directed to the standard
Google feedback form to make reinclusion requests.

Remember, senators, as we
covered yesterday,
Google’s already gotten a former Alaskan governor back in office despite not
being elected.

Back in seriousness, Gary Price has also

a rundown on Google lobbying attempts from 2003 through 2005. Meanwhile, Reuters has a look at the net neutrality issue Google’s pushing here.


Just to be clear, it was a joke about senators finding their web sites banned. Google issued no such bans. As for the Alaska governor reference, this story explains more how this is something that’s happened accidentally due to the way Google and other search engines craft descriptions


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